I created two 3D objects inside Illustrator, can Illustrator CC 2017 do some Pathfinder-like operations to these two objects? I want to intersect them, is it possible?

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    No, the objects arent really 3D.
    – joojaa
    Dec 16, 2017 at 15:06
  • Thanks, so it is hard to draw complex 3D model in illustrator? I would like to model my ring Dec 16, 2017 at 15:14
  • You should look into using 3d software. For example blender - it's free.
    – Wolff
    Dec 16, 2017 at 15:23
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    @TianjianQin as hard as it is to draw a 3d model on a paper
    – joojaa
    Dec 16, 2017 at 15:25

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If you want to do the operations in 3D space then no, It’s not possible. Illustrators 3D features are very limited and you can’t directly access or affect the 3D model at all; it’s basically just an appearance effect that you apply to a 2D object.

You can expand the 3D objects and use Pathfinder etc., but all you’re doing then is working on static 2D projections of your 3D objects; which is probably not of much use.

If you need to build complex 3D models and/or directly manipulate the model then you’re better off using actual 3D modelling in software.

  • In essence they are not 3D, just as much as if i drae 3d by hand is not 3d. The effect makes use of 3d techniques but the result is just a 2d representation. It can not be manipulated because ist not 3D.
    – joojaa
    Dec 16, 2017 at 16:53

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